Welcome to our first Hot or Not! This is a weekly post showing us which players carried the team in the last week of play and who had a very hard week.
May 29 2017 to June 4 2017
Judge has been on fire all season and this week was no exception. He had a very good week getting at least a hit in every game and getting on base multiple times in 5 out of 7 contests. During that time, he ranked first on the team in runs scored (7) and walks (6) and second in doubles (3), hits (9) and batting average (.346). He also belted 2 home runs including his league leading 18th of the season.
Severino has been the best pitcher on the starting staff this year, this week showed us why. He had 2 starts, throwing a total of 13.1 innings while getting a win and a no decision. He allowed only 3 runs, all earned, good for a 2.03 ERA on the week. His peripherals supported his strong performance with a 15/2 strikeout to walk ratio and only 1 home run allowed.
Aaron Judge has been getting the attention with all the big home runs, but Hicks had an even better all around week. He had at least a hit in all 7 games while leading the club in hits (12), batting average (.444), doubles (6) and runs batted in (10). An all around amazing week, especially in the run producing department where his .500 batting average with runners in scoring position also lead the club.
First base has been an issue all year and Carter has been a big reason why. As a streaky hitter with great power, he was expected to get into slumps but still have an impact in games with big home runs. With a .077 batting average and only 1 double and 1 walk on the week, Carter had a very though week and has been losing playing time to Rob Refsnyder.
When Refsnyder was called up to replace the injured Ellsbury, people thought he couldn’t do much worse than Carter at first. He hasn’t been able to do much better so far either. Batting .154 on the week, with only 2 hits (one of them a double), he hasn’t provided the offense expected from the position. Both Carter and Refsnyder should start losing playing time when Austin or Bird is healthy enough to play.
After a hot April, Headley cooled of considerably lately. Even with his good glove, his .231 batting average with no extra-base hits won’t cut it if he wants to keep his job. Especially with top prospect Gleyber Torres playing a lot of 3B in Scranton.
It’s been a good week for the outfielders and the whole pitching staff while the corner infield struggled badly. Even with Ellsbury still on the mend, the outfield group should remain one of the best in the league. As for the corner infield, it can only get better right? Remember though…we’ve been saying that for a while now.